30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Rouen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise St-Joseph and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get some cultural insight at Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Palais Benedictine. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Jardins d'Etretat) and Amiens (Maison de Jules Verne & Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rouen travel route planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Île de la Cité and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Galerie des Carrosses about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and stop by Le Marais.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, then hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.
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Val Thorens — 2 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. On the 16th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St Martin de Belleville, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally hit the slopes at Elements Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens day trip website.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.
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Nice — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. Attractions like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Galerie1414, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice.

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You can drive from Val Thorens to Nice in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Val Thorens in March since evenings lows in Nice dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Bring the kids along to Vallon des Auffes and Parc National des Calanques. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Eglise St-Trophime. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, take a stroll through The Panier, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Marseille sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally take a pleasant ride with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. March in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, then steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau de Langeais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Musee des Blindes (in Saumur), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nantes route planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nantes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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